Artist residencies in the UK

Following is a list of artist residency / fellowship programmes in the UK

05/08/2004 ::  

ACAVA (Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art)
54 Blechyndem Street
London W10 6SA
T +44 (0)20 8960 5015
F +44 (0)20 8960 9269
Contact: Artistic Director

ACAVA manages 180 studios across west and north east London. Runs a First Base scheme for recent graduates offering a free studio for one year along with professional and technical support.

Art in Perpetuity Trust
6 Creekside, Deptford
London SE8 3EW
T +44 (0)20 8694 8344
F +44 (0)20 8694 8344

Organisation developed by artists to provide gallery, education and studio space in south London.

Art. tm
20 Bank Street
T: + 44 (0)1463 712240
F: + 44 (0)1463 239991
Contact: Lucinda McNair or Evelyn Pottie

Printmaking workshop, facilities for lithography, screen printing, letterpress, relief and etching as well as textile printing. Funding, costs and duration varies according to project.

Crawford Arts Centre
93 North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL
T: + 44 (0)1334 479 880
F: + 44 (0)1334 479 880
Contact: Ms Diana Sykes

The current fellowship scheme is funded by the Scottish Arts Council and will be advertised in April/May; interviews in May/June.

Delfina Studio
50 Bermondsey Road
London SE1 3UD
T +44 (0)20 7357 6600
F +44 (0)20 7357 7944/0250

30 studios in total with 12 places being awarded as a prize. The award provides a studio and all related facilities free of charge for either one or two years. International residents are also provided with accommodation on the same basis.

Edinburgh College of Art
Lauriston  Place
T:+ 44 (0)131 221 6196
F:+ 44 (0)131 221 6001
Contact: Equality Adviser

The college offers a 3 month residency in January each year exploring a variety of disciplines.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
25 Hawthornevale
T: +44 (0)131 551 4490
F: +44 (0)131 551 4491
Contact: Irene Kernan, Director

ESW are currently working on developing a residency programme.

Florence Trust Studios
St Saviour's
Aberdeen Park, Islington,
London N5 2AR
T +44 (0)20 7354 4771
Contact: Director

Offers twelve short term (11 months) studio residency awards for visual artists.

Gasworks (Triangle Arts Trust)
155 Vauxhall Street
The Oval
London SE11 5RH
Contact: Residency Coordinator Alessio Antoniolli
T: + 44 (0)20 7587 5202

3 studios are available for artists involved in the residency programme. Gasworks Residency Programme provides visiting artists with the opportunity to work within a group of London based artists whose practice varies from painting and installation to photography and sculpture.

Tate Gallery Liverpool
Albert Dock
L3 4BB
T: +44 (0)151 702 7400
F: +44 (0)151 702  7401
Contact: Exhibition Officer

The MOMART fellowship, Tate Gallery Liverpool, aims to allow an artist a period of working time without the pressure of other commitments. Open studios may be arranged amounting to an average of one weekend a month; the fellow will be expected to be present to give talks to staff & visitors.

Wasps Artists’ Studios Head Office
77 Hanson St
G31 2HF
T: + 44 (0)141 554 8299
F: + 44 (0)141 554 7330

A formal residency programme is being developed to provide greater opportunities for artists’ visits and international cultural exchange.

Whysing Arts
Fox Road
Contact: Mr. Gary Wooley
T: + 44 (0)1954 718 881
F: + 44 (0)1954 718 500

The host will cover studio, accommodation and heating/lighting, the rest must be covered by the artist. Duration: 1-6 months.

Matrix:  Reflective Practitioner Project

MATRIX is a regional consortium of arts organisations and trainers, and part of the CreativePeople Framework, a national network of ten consortia dedicated to establishing a professional development service for the arts and crafts sector.  CreativePeople is funded by the Arts Council of England for £1 million over two years, ending in May 2003 and MATRIX is led by South West Arts.

MATRIX defines continuing professional development (CPD) as
‘a considered approach to defining and realising their developmental needs’.

Users of Matrix will include emerging practitioners, those training or recently qualified and professionals with an established career in the arts and crafts sector.

MATRIX is undertaking two action research pilot projects. The First Stop Shop project is establishing and testing a strategic network of partners who can provide CPD information and guidance to individuals in the sector. The Reflective Practitioner project is exploring what and how artists and makers need to learn to develop their work. The focus is on practice based self-evaluation and the creation of a language for continuing professional development for arts practitioners that is meaningful for them and for their funders /supporters alike.

Project partners:

Arnolfini, Bristol: a leading centre for the contemporary arts in the West of England, presenting work of international significance.  Now in its fortieth year, it offers an innovative and stimulating array of exhibitions, performance, dance, music and film together with related education programmes.  Arnolfini seeks to enhance the cultural life of the city and the South West region by providing a forum for creative participation, critical discussion and lifelong learning.

Creative Skills Consortium, Cornwall: a European Objective One funded project providing professional development service for people in Cornwall who work in the Creative Industries.  Based in Truro the services offered include First Stop Shop, free seminars, Business Mentoring Service, accredited training, technical training and also a Skills Fund to provide funding for people to undertake the identified training.

Dartington College of Arts, Totnes: a university sector college specialising in contemporary performance arts.  As well as offering undergraduate and taught and research postgraduate degrees, we run Creativity at Work, a partnership programme providing specialist services for the sustainable development of the arts and creative industries in the South West region.

The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey: an educational charity whose aims are to promote excellence in crafts and craft education and to support its members and other South West makers.  The Guild has 240 elected members, and is based at Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, with an exhibition gallery, craft shop and café. The Guild is committed to helping craftspeople with their professional development in various ways, including workshops, talks and provision of information and advice.

Equata, Sampford Peverell:  the regional Disability Arts Organisation for the South West. Equata provides arts specific Disability Equality Training, information services, Disability Arts projects and events to develop an inclusive arts environment where disabled artists and individuals have equal opportunities to produce, plan, participate and manage arts projects and product.

Labculture, Bridport: an artist-run organisation based in West Dorset, facilitating and supporting artists through "Encrypt" residencies, funding, advice, professional and project development and commissioning new work. The Lab offers access to new media and learning resources plus an accessible yet experimental programme of creative technology projects, including swipe digital media festival, in association with partner organisations across the South West, nationally and internationally.

Watershed, Bristol: the leading organisation for independent media in the South West; its mission is to provide opportunities for all to experience, enjoy and learn about contemporary moving image culture. From its launch in 1982 Watershed has worked in the field of film, television, video and photography, encouraging the critical appreciation of these forms and developing hands on skills for their production.

Since 1997, Watershed has extended its activities to focus on digital media to become a centre of excellence and expertise in digital imaging, web publishing, and production of online resources.

Wren Trust, Okehampton: an artist led, mobile professional community folk music and arts organisation.  It works with all ages to stimulate active participation in and appreciation of traditional music and its related disciplines.  Wren Trust works in a variety of community, social care and learning contexts, from villages and urban housing estates, from pre-school through to universities, and from residential homes to folk clubs and arts centres.  Wren trust currently employs 8 members of staff, (two of which are full time trainees), and  supports a pool of 10 artists.

How the project works:

These project partner hosts will each support the continuing professional development (CPD) needs of two practitioners through the allocation of a £2,000 training bursary.  This bursary may be spent on self-chosen CPD activities during the period April 2002 and March 2003.  These activities might include: skill sharing/swapping/learning, shadowing, visits and exchanges, reading/writing/creating, seminars, training courses and conferences. We hope practitioners will make imaginative choices!

Practitioners will be supported by their host in a variety of ways such as access to certain facilities and resources and support and guidance meetings.  Also, practitioners will be able to choose an independent mentor for their programme if they wish.  Practitioners will make a commitment to undertaking reporting on and evaluating their learning journeys.  They will also take part in peer group reflection and in a final showing/sharing of their development, as well as contributing to generating a meaningful language for arts based CPD.

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